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More fog blankets Tampa Bay before giving way to sun, heat

Heavy morning fog shrouds Tropicana Field on Thursday morning in St. Petersburg.

SCOTT KEELER | Times

Heavy morning fog shrouds Tropicana Field on Thursday morning in St. Petersburg.

Tampa Bay residents faced another fog-filled commute Thursday morning.

The National Weather Service issued its second dense fog advisory in as many days, warning the fog would likely continue until about 9 a.m.

The Florida Highway Patrol issued a severe fog warning to all motorists driving over the Sunshine Skyway bridge. Drivers were advised to exercise caution, travel slowly and use low-beam lights.

The fog, which crept into the Tampa Bay area the past several mornings, was likely caused by a combination of high humidity, low winds and high pressure in the atmosphere, Bay News 9 meteorologist Juli Marquez said.

A cold front moving into the area by Sunday was expected to cut down the humidity and bring a chance of rain and cooler weather, forecasters said.

But until then, the bay area was forecast to see warmer weather than usual.

Thursday's temperatures were again expected to climb into the mid 80s as fog dissipated and the sun broke through.

On Wednesday, similar temperatures shattered several records throughout the area.

St. Petersburg broke its previous record high of 81 in 1976 by reaching 83 degrees Wednesday, Tampa tied its record from 1948 with a reading of 83 degrees.

In Bradenton, temperatures of 84 degrees broke a 1966 record of 82, and Lakeland set a new record of 87 degrees, up from the previous 1976 high of 85.

More fog blankets Tampa Bay before giving way to sun, heat 03/01/12 [Last modified: Thursday, March 1, 2012 1:15pm]
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